MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon man has been ordered to spend more than a decade in prison after admitting he shot the wrong man in a dispute over money and then tried to break out of the Jackson County Jail.
The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2tMCMlm ) 32-year-old John Robert Hermann was sentenced on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to the March shooting, which injured Matthew Stephen Atkinson. Hermann also pleaded guilty to charges that he devised a scheme to escape from the jail’s top floor by climbing down a rope made of bed sheets coerced from other inmates.
Deputy District Attorney Virginia Greer said Hermann and his girlfriend, Stephanie VanCleave, had forced Atkinson outside his home using a baseball bat. Atkinson was then shot in the groin area and survived.
VanCleave was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/